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August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews #TuesdayBookBlog

As you know I am part of Rosie Amber’s Book Review Team and Terry Tyler has had a fabulous idea. Here is the post!

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On Monday 25th July, book blogger Rosie Amber wrote this post encouraging readers and writers alike to post a short review on Amazon for any book they’ve read and enjoyed ~ following this up, Terry Tyler is starting this initiative along with other writer-bloggers including Rosie, Cathy from Between The Lines, Barb Taub, Shelley Wilson and Alison Williams.

 

The idea is that, from August 1st, everyone who reads this uses their Amazon account to post just one review on one book that they’ve read (but feel free to carry on if you get in the swing!).  You don’t even have to have read it recently, it can be any book you’ve read, any time.  The book does not have to have been purchased from Amazon, though if it is you get the ‘Verified Purchase’ tag on it; however, if you download all your books via Kindle Unlimited, as many do these days, they don’t show the VP tag, anyway.

 

Remember, this isn’t the Times Literary Supplement, it’s Amazon, where ordinary people go to choose their next £1.99 Kindle book.  No one expects you to write a thousand word, in-depth critique; I don’t know about you, but I’m more likely to read one short paragraph or a couple of lines saying what an average reader thought of a book, than a long-winded essay about the pros and cons of the various literary techniques used.  Yes, those are welcome too (!), but no more so than a few words saying “I loved this book, I was up reading it until 3am”, or “I loved Jim and Vivien and the dialogue was so realistic”, or whatever!

 

Why should you write a review?

They help book buyers make decisions.  Don’t you read the reviews on Trip Advisor before deciding on a hotel, or any site from which you might buy an item for practical use?  Book reviews are no different.

If the book is by a self-published author, or published by an independent press, the writers have to do all their promotion and marketing themselves ~ reviews from the reading public is their one free helping hand.

The amount of reviews on Amazon helps a book’s visibility (allegedly).  If you love a writer’s work and want others to do so, too, this is the best possible way of making this happen.

It’s your good deed for the day, and will only take five minutes!

 

Off we go, then!  A few more pointers:

If you need any help with writing your review, do click on Rosie’s post, above.

A review can be as short as one word.  The shortest one I have is just two 🙂

You don’t have to put your name to the review, as your Amazon ‘handle’ can be anything you like.

No writer expects all their reviews to be 5* and say the book is the best thing ever written; there is a star rating guide on Rosie’s post.

Would you like to tell the Twittersphere about your review?  If so, tweet the link to it with the hashtag #AugustReviews ~ and thank you!  I will do one blog post a week featuring these links: The #AugustReviews Hall of Fame (thank you, Barb!).

And just in case you’d like some examples of things you could say in reviews, this post about #AugustReviews has plenty of suggestions. Come and check it!

If you have a blog and would like to spread the word about #AugustReviews, please feel free to copy and paste this blog post, provide the link to it, re-blog it, or whatever ~ many thanks, and I hope you will join in to make this idea a success 🙂

Thanks for reading and please, share, like, comment, CLICK and REVIEW! Ah, and remember, share your Amazon review (as we want to make sure people know you don’t need to be a blogger or share your reviews in a blog to write a review!)

 

 

By OlgaNunez

I was born in Barcelona and after living in the UK for many years have now returned home. I teach English, volunteer at Sants 3 Ràdio, a local radio station, I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often.
I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links.
My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

22 replies on “August 2016 is Write An Amazon Review Month! By @TerryTyler4 #AugustReviews #TuesdayBookBlog”

Great idea. I wrote one esrlier this evening. A good useful review need not be a book report. Just a statement of something you liked about the book or product. Thanks for this, Olga. Mega hugs

Thanks Teagan. I can’t resist and talk and talk (or write and write) about a book, especially if I enjoy it. For me I think it’s another way of processing what goes on in the book and learning about it. But the important thing is to spread the word. It doesn’t need to be that different to when we recommend books, movies, TV programs or whatever to friends or people we know. You’re right, it doesn’t need to be a detailed report. Have a great week!

I really like this idea….and may very well do this….Hope all is well with you during this very iffy English summer!:) Enjoy the day my friend. By the way Wear and Tear has been ordered. Janet:)

Thanks, Janet. I also think it’s a great idea, especially as many people have a bit more time to do things they normally wouldn’t do in the summer. Yes, it’s been up and down since I came. Today it’s raining and yesterday we had a power cut (mind you, they sent me a message about it). I hope you enjoy Wear and Tear. Such a fabulous book. And I have quite a few reviews I haven’t had a chance to share yet (I think you’d probably enjoy the one I’m talking about next Tuesday too). Be well!

Anyone who has never reviewed on Amazon before would do well to look at some other reviews first. Keep it short and to the point, and avoid making your review into a short story!
Best wishes, Pete.

This is GREAT! I wish everyone who has ever bought a book on Amazon could see this and actually write a review! So many people are intimidated by writing something as simple as a review, but they will share the intimate details of their lives on every social media outlet available. Boggles the mind! 😐

You’re so right, Lorna. It seems some people are using the hashtag for other things (no surprise there!) but I think it’s a fabulous idea and I hope plenty of people adopt it. I hope your business goes well, Lorna. Best of luck!

Fabulous idea.Review writing needs to be demystified.People review products all the time on Amazon. Readers need to view books as they do any other purchase. A word. A sentence. Anything to give the book visibility.

Yes, that’s true. And we all tell other people what we think about stuff we read, watch, or buy. It doesn’t need to be any more complicated than that. Thanks for spreading the word.

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